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Father Knows Best

Chris Jones profiles Bruce Jenner in the latest issue of Esquire:

Bruce Jenner has taken it upon himself to rescue his ridiculous extended clan by doing what none of its other members will ever do: He has elected to lose. The person in the house who has most earned his fame has chosen to accept the least of it. “I’m done with competition,” he says. He says that in response to a question about his helicopters, whether he might fly them in the professional events that have been cropping up around the country, but he means it about everything. Jenner has made decisions, now, here, during his own second life. He has made up his mind once again. His singlet is in storage because he wants it to be. He’s the one who locked his medal away in the safe.

“Going through what I went through,” he says, “being that obsessed, is not what I would consider a good, well-rounded life. You’re selfish with your time. You’re selfish with your thoughts. You don’t have to grow up. All you’re concerned with is scoring points.”

Jenner has learned that perfection comes in many forms. He has learned that a private mastery is just as satisfying as a public one. He has learned that a curse isn’t a curse if it’s a choice. And he has learned that there may be no greater love a father can give his children than to accept that his life really didn’t begin until theirs did.


1 RagingTartabull   ~  May 23, 2012 10:58 am

I can sit here and front like I don't watch the show and hate myself for it...but that would be a lie, I watch the goddamn thing every week.

And Jenner is a big reason, he is the one guy in the whole bizarre enterprise who you can tell is fully aware just how ridiculous it is. Maybe that's because he's the only one who ever experienced "earned success." But his incredulous double takes are comedy gold.

2 Alex Belth   ~  May 23, 2012 12:22 pm

I remember buying Wheaties just for him and then being disappointed because, well, I was a kid and they were Wheaties.

3 rbj   ~  May 23, 2012 2:41 pm

[2] I much preferred John Belushi endorsed "Li'l Chocolate Doughnuts."

4 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  May 23, 2012 6:10 pm

[3] HAHAHHAHHAHAHHAHAH!!! I remember that, love how he has a smoke lit in one hand while he munches the donuts!

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